ESOL Entry 2 - Reading

The second term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in reading.

START DATE AND TIME:
Mon, 8th January 2018
1530 - 1730
DURATION:
10 Weeks
Code:
FE037
Full fee:
£175
Concessionary fee:*
£10

TUTOR:

Susan Schiano Di Colella

Address

Portslade Learning Centre, Boundary Road
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The second term will give you the chance to get a recognised qualification in reading.

COURSE CONTENT

You will continue to develop both speaking and listening skills along with writing skills, however the focus will be on achieving the course aims. Learners will encounter a range of authentic and modified authentic texts, noticing the textual features of a range of writing styles and genres from formal to semi-formal to formal texts. Learners will utilise contextual clues to understand unknown words and be able to guess meaning from analysis of these clues.

COURSE AIMS/OBJECTIVES

  • The aim of this unit is for students to be able to read short, texts in order to gain meaning, identify purpose and find information.
  • You will read texts such as public signs and notices, maps, lists, forms, notes, emails, simple narratives, letters and diagrams.
  • You will gain an understanding of the main features of different text types.
  • You will use different strategies such as scanning, skimming and reading for detail to obtain information.
  • You will know how grammar, punctuation and vocabulary are used in texts.
  • You will read and understand linking words, adverbials, words relating to personal information, high-frequency words, words with common spelling patterns. You will practise alphabetical ordering to find information.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

The methods will be learner centred, often task based on a range of authentic or semi authentic texts, relevant to your needs, to help you live in the community and access print and online information around you. There will also be a focus on local services and news, along with world events. You will explore internet media sources to develop your research skills and thinking on a range of local and international subjects. There will be elements of peer learning and an expectation for high levels of independent learning using links on Moodle and other e-sources.


COURSE LEVEL/ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

You should already possess E1 ESOL Reading qualification or pass PET ( Preliminary English Test). Otherwise you will need to demonstrate your level at an initial assessment session before you begin this course.


HOW PROGRESS IS CHECKED DURING COURSE

There is ongoing assessment and all assessments will be indicated on Moodle, to which you will have access before the course begins and for a month after your course finishes. You will also be given a hard copy Topic List, which you can put in your class file to remind you when assessments are handed out and expected back in. Some assessments will happen in class time and these will be indicated on your topic list, which will also be above week 1 on Moodle.


EXTRA STUDY OR PRACTICE REQUIRED AT HOME

There is an expectation that learners will engage in approximately 40 hours of independent study (4 hours per week) to successfully complete the course. We expect that if you miss a class you catch up by looking at what work was covered on Moodle. We expect you to look at Moodle many times during the week, engaging in blogs and chat rooms as well as watching videos and engaging with other extension games and activities which will be on Moodle to support your reading skills development.


MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED TO BRING TO THE COURSE

You will need to bring a folder with dividers, along with lined paper, pens and highlighter pens. You should also bring a dictionary ( this can be an e-dictionary on your phone for example) However, as you cannot use a dictionary in your final exam, you should only use the dictionary as directed by your tutor as, for the most part, you will be using skills to decode unknown words – a key skill in reading.


WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?

  • Log onto Moodle and practise the games and other activities before week 1.
  • Also, print off the example Edexcel reading test to familiarise yourself with the end exam.
  • Print off the topic list and put it in the front of your class file.
  • Think about any individual targets you might have – are there specific areas of weakness you wish to address?
  • Start thinking about how you will organise your class folder and which sections you will have, for example:
    • 1. Exam practice.
      2. Homework.
      3. Assessments.
      4. Materials from class.
      ​5. New vocabulary.

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